Barynya at the MUSIKFEST-2019, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, Russian Balalaika and Garmoshka song and music duo

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Musicians of ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert during the MUSIKFEST-2019 Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Concert took place on Monday, August 5th, 2019 at the Volksplatz stage. Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina played classical music, Russian popular and traditioanl songs, several pieces written by Alexander Shalov, the best composer for the balalaika who was the teacher of Elina Karokhina at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

Contact information: Email msmirnov@yahoo.com | Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497.

MUSIKFEST-2019, Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Monday, August 5th, 2019, USA, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina
MUSIKFEST-2019, Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Monday, August 5th, 2019, USA, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina and great sound people from the Volksplatz stage

MUSIKFEST-2019, Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
MUSIKFEST-2019, Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

MUSIKFEST-2019, Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
MUSIKFEST-2019, Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Contact information: Email msmirnov@yahoo.com | Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497.

A FEW ITEMS FROM THE PROGRAM OF PERFORMANCE

"Kaleenka-Maleenka", “Guelder-Rose Tree” - popular Russian folk song "Kalinka" (Russian: Калинка - малинка моя), Russian folk button accordion garmoshka introduction. ..."Juniper, juniper, juniper, my juniper, In the garden there's the berry, my raspberry. / Under the pine, under the green pine, Lay me down to sleep.. / Oh you dear pine, oh you green pine, Don't you rustle so loud over me... / Beautiful maid, dear maid, Please fall in love with me!"...
 
"Metelitsa", Russian folk song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Метелица). "...Snowstorm is blowing along the street, My sweetheart is walking there, Please stop, do not walk, dear!, Let me look at you, my joy!..."
 
"Balalaika Introduction", introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika. Elina performs Russian folk song "Komareenskaiya"
 
Dr. Zhivago's "Somewhere My Love". Balalaika solo Elina Karokhina
 
"Pidmanula", Ukrainian folk song and dance "You Tricked Me" (Ukrainian: «Ти ж мене пiдманула»)
 
"Korobeyneekee", Russian folk song "Peddlers" (Russian: Коробейники) and "Orkestr Russkikh Narodnykh Instrumentov", Russian percussian Band of kids and adults plays Russian song with musicians. "The Peddlers" - N. Nekrasov, V. Antipov - «Коробейники», слова: Н. Некрасов, музыка: В. Антипов. Russian favorite folk song. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.

 
"Darogai Dlinnoayu" - ("Дорогой длинною" - “The Long Road”) - popular Russian song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), lyrics K. Podrevsky: "By the long way in full moon light with that song that's calling me far away". Solo Mikhail Smirnov

 
"Moroz-Moroz", popular Russian table song "Frost" (Russian: Ой, мороз, мороз), solo Mikhail Smirnov
 
"Ochee Chyornye" ("Очи черные" - “Dark Eyes”) - popular Russian Gypsy traditional song.
 
"Csardas" by Vittorio Monti - Чардаш Монти. Balalaika solo ELina Karokhina.
 
"The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (Russian: Светит месяц, светит ясный)
 
Waltz "Babochka" (The Butefly) by Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev, Father of Russian Balalaika, founder, conductor and artistic director of the first Balalaika Orchestra in Russia, and in the world. Вальс «Бабочка», композитор Василий Васильевич Андреев (1861-1918).
 
"Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini", composer Fritz Kreisler, arr. for balalaika by P. Necheporenko - «Вариации на тему Корелли в стиле Тартини», Фриц Крейслер, переложение для балалайки П. Нечепоренко.
 
"The White Acacia's Fragrant Flakes" by Alexander Shalov and V. Basner - концертная пьеса Александра Шалова для балалайки на тему романса «Белой акации гроздья душистые», музыка Вениамин Баснер, текст Михаил Матусовский.
 
"Sabre Dance" - a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian's ballet Gayane (1942) - «Танец с саблями» — музыкальный отрывок из балета Арама Хачатуряна «Гаянэ» (1942).
 
"Barynya" by Yury Shishakov, solo on balalaika Elina Karokhina - «Барыня», Юрий Шишаков, соло на балалайке Элина Карохина.
Yuriy Nikolaevich Shishakov was Russian Soviet composer and teacher at the prominent music school in Moscow, Russia called The Gnessin's Academy of Music. Mr. Shishakov was a student of Mikhail Gnessin himself. In 1971 he was granted a title of the Honored Arts Worker of Russia. Yuri Shishakov wrote concerts for piano, violin, harp, domra, balalaika, and bayan. Ученик М. Ф. Гнесина, российский и советский композитор Юрий Николаевич Шишаков с 1971 года был Заслуженным деятелем искусств РСФСР. Он преподавал в музыкально-педагогическом институте им. Гнесиных с 1948 года. Написал концерты для домры, балалайки, баяна, фортепьяно, скрипки, арфы с оркестром симфонических или народных инструментов), 2 симфонии (1947, 1953), поэму «Чайка» для оркестра (1951), книгу «Инструментовка для оркестра русских народных инструментов».
 
Russian Tongue-Twister song "I was walking by the field". Solo by Mikhail Smirnov - «Шел я яром, шёл я низом», русская народная песня-скороговорка. Исполняет Михаил Смирнов. Припев состоит из повторения куплета с добавлением лишних слогов, где "лишние" слоги состоят из звуков "г_p-г_", и гласных, повторяющих гласную предыдущего слога. Лишние слоги добавляются после ударной гласной с учётом ритма.
 
Lev Zabeginski's "Fiddler on the Roof Medley" from 1964 American musical written by composer Jerry Bock, arr. Lev Zabeginsky. «Скрипач на крыше", Д. Бок, аранжировка Л. Забежинский. Фантазия на тему одного из наиболее известных бродвейских мюзиклов «Скрипач на крыше», написанная нью-йоркским музыкантом, композитором и аранжировщиком Львом Забежинским.
 
"People Blame Me" by A. Shalov - Городской романс «Винят меня в народе» - одна из лучших обработок Александра Борисовича Шалова.
 
"Gypsy Fantasy" - Barynya Medley based on Shalov's arrangement - «Цыганская фантазия» - поппури из нескольких популярных цыганских мелодий А. Шалов.
 
Watz No.1, Op.83 by Auguste Durand - «1-й Вальс», Огюст Дюран
 
"Semyonovna", arr. Alexander Shalov - «Семёновна» (Сыпь, Семён!). А. Шалов Arrangement was written by famous composer for balalaika, balalaika player and teacher, professor of the Leningrad St Petersburg Conservatory Alexander Shalov. A few additions were made by members of Barynya Trio. Концертная пьеса для балалайки, написанная знаменитым балалаечником, композитором, педагогом Санкт-Петербургской государственной консерватории Александром Шаловым (с некоторыми добавлениями от музыкантов ансабдля Барыня)
 
"I will take you to tundra", lyrics M. Plyatskovskiy, music M.Fradkin - «Увезу тебя я в тундру», слова: М. Пляцковский, музыка: М. Фрадкин.
 
"Felt Boots", arrangement Alexander Shalov. «Валенки, валенки. не подшиты, стареньки», русская народная песня, обработка Александр Шалов.
 
"World Music Balalaika Medley", arrangement Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk. Elina Karokhina. «Поппури», Михаил Смирнов, Элина Карохина, Леонид Брук.

ABOUT MEMBERS OF BARYNYA BALALAIKA DUO

ELINA KAROKHINA
 
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art Degree in balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer. Elina served in the Russian Army as a soloist of the Northwest Order of Red Stars Military Ensemble. She has toured all over the world (Germany, Austria, Sweden, Danmark, Cyprus, Spain, France, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Finland, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Mexico, St. Thomas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Bali) playing her balalaika that was made by famous musical instruments maker Galinis. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York). In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2016 she was hired to play six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "Orchestra Rocks" international event. In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" ensemble representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people. In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder. Recently Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist for the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention that will be taking place in Philadelphia in July 2018. In 1994 Elina was one of the winners of international competition "Kubok Severa" of folk musicians in Cherepovets, Russia. In 1996 she won the First Place of Troyanovsky's Competition of musicians performing on traditional instruments in St. Petersburg (Russia). Elina was invited as a special guest for the Gloden Ring of Russia 1993 Balalaika and Domra Association of America convention. She shared the stage with Alexander Tsygankov, Valeriy Zazhigin and Mikhail Sheikhman for the concerts at the "Rossia" Concert Hall in Moscow (Московский концертный зал "Россия") and at the Saint Petersburg's State Capella (Государственная академическая капелла).
 
MIKHAIL SMIRNOV
 
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina. Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. The show premiered on NBC network. Ensemble Barynya is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Under direction of Mr. Smirnov ensemble Barynya has become the most requested Russian folk song, dance and music company outside of Mother Russia.
 
Musicians, singers and dancers of ensemble Barynya are available for hire for Performing Art Centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.

Contact information: Email msmirnov@yahoo.com | Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497.

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Dancers, musicians, and singers of Barynya ensemble also provided performances in some other places in Pennsylvania: Adams County Heritage Festival, Jewish Day School, Allentown, PA, Neumann College, Aston, PA, Musikfest-2019, Bethlehem, PA, Butler Catholic School, Butler, PA, St. John’s Social Hall, Delmont, PA, Caldwell Memorial Library, Derry, PA, Doyle Elementary School, Doylestown, PA, Wasson Elementary School, Du Bois, PA, St. Mary/Mt Carmel School, Dunmore, PA, Annual Russian festival "Troika", Erie, PA, Adams County Festival-2013 in Gettysburg, PA, Greensburg Hempfield Area Library, Greensburg, PA, Penn Area Library, Harrison City, PA, St. Edward Church, Herminie, PA, Honey Brook, PA, Honey Brook Elementary School, Moshannon Valley Elementary School, Houtzdale, PA, Norwin Public Library, Irwin, PA, Jeannette Public Library, Jeannette, PA, BDAA-2018, King Of Prussia, PA, Kislak Camp, Lake Como, PA, Rohrerstown Elementary School, Lancaster, PA, Inglewood Elementary School, Lansdale, PA, Ligonier Valley Library, Ligonier, PA, Greenwood Elementary School, Millerstown, PA, Monessen Public Library, Monessen, PA, Mount Pleasant Public Library, Mount Pleasant, PA, Murrysville Community Library, Murrysville, PA, Peoples Library New Kensington, New Kensington, PA, Russian B-day party in Philadelphia, PA, Rostraver Public Library, Rostraver Township, PA, Scottdale Public Library, Scottdale, PA, South St. Marys Street Elementary School, St. Marys, PA, Scottish Rite Auditorium, Williamsport, PA, Locust Grove Elementary School, York, PA, and other places.

Contact information: Email msmirnov@yahoo.com | Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497.

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